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The Absolute Gravedigger

Vítězslav Nezval
Trans. Stephan Delbos, Tereza Novická English

This collection, first published in 1937, is in many ways the culmination of Vítězslav Nezval’s work as an avant-garde poet.

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My Journey to Nowhere
Martin Vopěnka
Trans. Elżbieta Zimna Polish
A History of Light
Jan Němec
Trans. Anželina Penčeva Bulgarian
The Jáchymov Demons
Vlastimil Vondruška
Trans. Michaela Sedlak, Silke Klein German
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We're Still at War
Jana Fantová (ed.), Jan Polouček (ed.)
German
My Journey to Nowhere
Martin Vopěnka
Trans. Elżbieta Zimna Polish
A History of Light
Jan Němec
Trans. Anželina Penčeva Bulgarian
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Pavel Renčín
 2016 Academy of Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror Award – Best original Czech or Slovak book
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 2016 Jiří Orten Award
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‘The Fifth Dimension’ is a weighty and at times challenging read, its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It’s absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout, with a gut-punch denouement.
—James Lovegrove
The Financial Times
Martin Vopěnka
‘The Fifth Dimension’ is a weighty and at times challenging read, its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It’s absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout, with a gut-punch denouement.
—James Lovegrove
The Financial Times
[A History of Light] represents a remarkable and substantial experiment, offering an account about Drtikol, the history of photography as a new art form, the cultural climate of the incredibly interesting and turbulent period around the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the First World War and the 1920s, but also about the narrative possibilities of contemporary novels.
—Petr A. Bílek
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What characterizes the poetry of Ivan Wernisch most aptly is perhaps its unreliability. The author dons all sorts of masks – playful, wistful, deceptive, earthy, deferential, derisive. However, this unreliability is also connected with uncertainty and a lack of culmination, thanks to which the collection is open, attracts repeat reading and awakens a desire to let oneself be carried up once again to the heights of Wernisch’s poems and jump, even in the knowledge that someone might maliciously cut the cord of one’s parachute again.
—Markéta Kittlová
iLiteratura
Ivan Wernisch
What characterizes the poetry of Ivan Wernisch most aptly is perhaps its unreliability. The author dons all sorts of masks – playful, wistful, deceptive, earthy, deferential, derisive. However, this unreliability is also connected with uncertainty and a lack of culmination, thanks to which the collection is open, attracts repeat reading and awakens a desire to let oneself be carried up once again to the heights of Wernisch’s poems and jump, even in the knowledge that someone might maliciously cut the cord of one’s parachute again.
—Markéta Kittlová
iLiteratura
It would be a shame to be afraid of Daniela Hodrová. With her prose, the reader is plunged into a pleasant, stationary timelessness. For the writer, capturing the feelings of the characters is much more important than strictly observing the ticking away of the hours. In this respect, and in others, she resembles the English writer Virginia Woolf, who found inspiration in another noisy European metropolis, London.
—Klára Kolářová
Reflex
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